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Middle School Curriculum

Inquiry Based Learning and the IB

Engagement and challenge are at the heart of learning in the Middle School. Our IB Middle Years Programme is inquiry based, meaning that every unit of work begins with a question. For example, "Is Language Power?" With this approach, students immediately understand the relevance of what they are learning and find it more engaging.

Teaching must be precise and rigorous. Students are taught the rules of spelling and grammar, the strategies for solving algebraic equations, and then given the opportunity to apply this knowledge. Providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate and test their understanding is essential. In applying learning, our students enjoy the immense satisfaction of having the disparate parts fall into place as a cohesive whole. This understanding allows them to confidently relate new learning to their everyday lives.

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a set programme in which they spend half of each day in the familiar Homeroom situation with their own teacher who covers several subjects. The rest of the day is spent with specialist tutors in subjects such as sciences, arts or sports. In Years 9 and 10, the programmes become more specialised and the students are offered choices as Option Subjects. All students learn a second language and utilise personal laptops or tablets in their daily classroom activities.

Our learning programmes are diverse and engaging, with particular emphasis on developing genuine understanding and mastery. The sense of achievement that our students gain from these programmes provides a strong academic foundation as they move forward into their senior schooling years, confident in their own abilities and equipped with a passion for learning.

How are MYP students assessed? >>

2020 Middle School Course Guide [PDF]>>

2019 Term 4 Assessment Calendar Year 7-10 >>

 

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Middle School News 
Diving: National Championships
Congratulations to Year 10 student Bree Ackland who placed second in the 5m Platform and Synchro diving events at the NZ age-group Diving...
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Congratulations to Levi Collett who was part of the North Harbour Maori U19 rugby team that won the regional final on Saturday 19 October. ...
Auckland Primary And Intermediate School Snow Champs
Today the Auckland Primary and Intermediate School Snowsports Champs was held at Snowplanet. Kristin fielded a 21 strong team with...
NZ Sport Selections
Football and Orienteering achievements It may be the offseason but there's still football news to report. Based on their performances...
Summer Sports Results
Summer Sports are underway, here are the results from week 1. Tennis Boys: Kristin Junior A Boys’ v King’s – Win 9-0 ...
Surf Lifesaving: Kristin students in fine form over the holidays
Over the holidays, Kristin Middle School students competed in the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships 2019 which saw...
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